Q&A - Alternatives to a Speeding Ticket
I am currently 14 months into the Novice Driver stage. I am concerned about having to restart my 24 Months if I get anymore points.
I was allegedly caught going 102 in a 70 zone but was charged with the lesser offense of 138 dollars which I have no problem paying / accepting, I am a first year Criminology student and I am intending on disputing the charges.
The main concern to me about the whole situation is the points that will affect my driving record and I am probably not looking to actually fight the charges but rather make a “plea deal” with the alleged officer on the court date or sooner.
How do I contact the officer I have his badge number and that's it?
The options that I have read and considered is asking the officer to consider a lesser charge in exchange for a guilty verdict.
Looking at the Motor Vehicle Act the one offence that I saw that could be an alternative to it is section 161 for Disobeying traffic sign or signal which is a $121 dollar fine and only 2 points. Is this a charge that is often substituted for speeding? Or is there a better more common one that I should pursue?
The other common option I saw for plea deals was asking the officer to charge the fine to registered owner of the vehicle and receive no points. The registered owner is currently my Mother and I understand that, this option is likely not feasible in my position. Would he be willing to charge the owner if my mother was willing to accept the charges? Or the other option I thought of was to become the registered owner of the vehicle since it is my car before the trial occurs and then he could charge me as the registered owner.
Again my main concern on the issue is the points and how they will effect my Novice license. With the current legal situation being what it is with backlog in the courts I should be waiting for over a year for my trial which in the time I should be eligible to get my class 5, will I be aloud to take it during the pre-trial process and keep it?